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Support strong in U.S. for Afghan strike

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The joint U.S.-British strikes against Taliban forces in Afghanistan were greeted with almost unanimous support in the United States.

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--"We strongly support the operation President Bush ordered our military forces to carry out today ... We stand united with the president and with our troops and will continue to work together to do what is necessary to bring justice to these terrorists and those who harbor them," said a joint statement from Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois; House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Missouri; Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota; and Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Mississippi.

-- "We all recognize that this is just the beginning of a long, multi-faceted campaign against terrorism. America and those people who stand with us in our quest for enduring freedom will be patient, sure and resolved. Freedom and justice will prevail." -- Sen. George Allen, R-Virginia.

-- "The actions taken by the family of nations are a just and essential step in ridding the world of the global threat of terrorism and bringing to justice those who plot the destruction of peaceful and innocent people. I fully support the president's actions." -- Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona.

-- At the Chicago Bears-Atlanta Falcons NFL game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, the crowd began chanting "USA, USA" when news of the attacks was announced on the public address system.

-- Sunday's Emmy Awards telecast, honoring excellence in television, was postponed for the second time. The first postponement came after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

-- "The Democratic Party applauds the work of our armed forces in carrying out today's attacks. We stand resolutely with President Bush and support his commitment to conquering these terrorists who seek to destroy the American way of life," said Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

-- "It is time for us to unite against the enemies of freedom and ask God to give wisdom and strength to our president," said Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the president's brother.






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